WITH members of the Mitsubishi network having spent the week test-driving the L200 Series 5 at MIRA, Mitsubishi Matters takes a look at the evolution of the iconic vehicle, from Series 1 to the new model.

The L200 is fundamental to Mitsubishi Motors. In the UK the L200 legacy extends through 33 years. The Mitsubishi trophy room shows the current L200 Series 4 has won more awards than all of its rivals put together. Since its UK launch in 2006, the current L200 Series 4 has outsold all other pick-ups.

Its forerunner, L200 Series 3, was almost entirely responsible for the development of the vehicle segment. Globally, Mitsubishi has six decades of pick-up production, accounting for more than 4.1 million vehicles sold.

The first L200 arrived in the UK on January 1st, 1987. Those first UK models were only available as a Single Cab in either 2WD or 4WD. The Double Cab arrived in 1997 and has been the perfect work companion for thousands of owners ever since.

The new L200 Series 5 inherits the DNA of its predecessors and further advances the pick-up concept. It is an entirely new vehicle from the ground up, with significant improvements in 330 areas. The L200 Series 5 is best in class for fuel efficiency, performance, emissions, manoeuvrability, carry capacity plus 4WD ability and offers SUV levels of refinement.

As you can see from the pictures, the vehicle design is of the next generation. Striking and vibrant exterior lines project a commanding road presence and a muscular, planted stance. The vehicle’s ‘athleticism’ is expressed through sharp, muscular surfaces and a taut ‘belt line’.

The vehicle’s form is expressive but also very much related to its function. The cargo bed of the new L200 Series 5 has improved usability, with more depth and greater overall volume. For additional strength, it is also reinforced with cross sills connected directly to the chassis frame, and has toughened steel panels around the rear gate pillars to resist fatigue.